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Auto-Tune (or autotune) is an audio processor introduced in 1996 by the American company Antares Audio Technologies.[4] It uses a proprietary device to measure and alter pitch in vocal and instrumental music recording and performances.[5]

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Original author(s)Dr. Andy Hildebrand
Developer(s)Antares Audio Technologies
Initial releaseSeptember 19, 1997; 25 years ago (1997-09-19)[1][2]
Stable release
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows and macOS
TypePitch correction

Auto-Tune was originally intended to disguise or correct off-key inaccuracies, allowing vocal tracks to be perfectly tuned. The 1998 Cher song "Believe" popularized the technique of using Auto-Tune to distort vocals. In 2018, the music critic Simon Reynolds observed that Auto-Tune had "revolutionized popular music", calling its use for effects "the fad that just wouldn't fade. Its use is now more entrenched than ever."[6]

In its role distorting vocals, Auto-Tune operates on different principles from the vocoder or talk box and produces different results.[7]